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Virtual reality for lab design

September 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Chuck Yocum | Articles | Comments

By using a sophisticated 3-D virtual reality (3DVR) visualization program and inputting BIM project data, lab designers can illustrate, in photo-realistic details, the design elements of a project to their clients. These sophisticated programs enable viewers to "see" and “walk through” the lab of the intended final design using a high-definition (HD) headset and motion trackers.

Real-time monitoring of vibration

September 9, 2014 10:20 am | by Jeffrey A. Zapfe, PhD, President, Acentech Inc. | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that the construction of a new building or the renovation of an existing building...

3-D Printing Builds Up Architecture

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3-D printers...

2014 lab construction outlook

August 12, 2014 11:34 am | by John Gering, AIA and Carlie Campesi | Articles | Comments

At the time this report was compiled in June 2014, construction costs continued to show an...

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Glazing design and thermal comfort: It’s more than being cool

August 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Lynn Petermann, AIA, Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED Green Assoc., and Andrea Love, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

Glazing is a ubiquitous and invaluable architectural feature that gives occupants a connection to the outdoors while lowering lighting energy demand. Unfortunately, the thermal comfort conditions of a space can be compromised by the amount of glazing, the heat loss through the glass—quantified by a variable called U-value—or a combination of both.

Making a case for soft landing

August 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Bo Petersson, Director of Engineering Services, Cornerstone Commissioning Inc. | Articles | Comments

Too many projects start with high hopes by all parties involved, just to find that once the building is completed, it fails to meet performance expectations and is harder to operate than envisioned. This is frustrating for most team players, but none more than the owner. This article focuses on the concept of soft landing and how it can help the successful transition operation of a building.

Earthquake lab tests new design for safer bridges

July 22, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

A 70-ft-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the Univ. of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the earthquake/seismic engineering facility. The set of three columns swayed precariously, the bridge deck twisted and the sound filled the cavernous lab as the three hydraulically driven shake tables moved the massive structure.

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Creating a quiet healing environment for Boston Children’s Hospital

July 8, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Acentech Inc. announced that it provided architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration consulting for Boston Children’s Hospital. Working with architectural firm Payette, Acentech consulted on the new James Mandell Building, a 116,000-sf, 10-story urban infill building constructed on Binney Street in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.

Integration Realized

June 6, 2014 5:04 pm | by Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

Today’s smartphone is a complicated power device, using a small lithium-ion battery of about 1,400-mAh capacity to power a variety of electronic systems, including a touchscreen display, a central processing unit, antennas, speakers and a microphone. All of its components, including the materials used to build it, are optimized to perform as efficiently as possible to extend battery life.

A Shining Example for Veterinary Science

June 6, 2014 4:59 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building (VBRB) at Washington State Univ. (WSU) celebrates the significant achievements and contributions that hundreds of small, often unknown academic institutions make in the field of global research. Located in a rural community of less than 6,000 residents, WSU attracts world-class research faculty.

A Platinum Solution for Ocean Sciences

June 6, 2014 4:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at leading institutions, including Scripps and Wood’s Hole, are working to understand the key processes that are driving evolution and change in world’s ocean ecosystem. The recently completed Bigelow lab is one of these places, and it reflects the latest thinking about how to conduct effective ocean research and unravel the complexities of ocean health and climate change.

Lab of the Year Award winners represent excellence

June 6, 2014 4:53 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research lab design, planning and construction. Judging for 2014’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of lab architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

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Know any interesting labs in Atlanta?

May 5, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Each year, the Laboratory Design Conference features tours of key local labs of various types. Tours will take place on the morning of Wednesday, April 29, 2015. If you have recommendations of Atlanta are labs that we should tour, please contact Lindsay Hock.

IPS expands operations to the west coast

April 21, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

IPS (Integrated Project Services Inc.), a leading, full-service engineering, construction, commissioning and qualification firm dedicated to helping clients succeed with capital projects and optimizing operations, announced the expansion of operations with the opening of a new IPS location in Irvine, Calif.

R&D Chat: Collaborative Laboratory Space

March 31, 2014 12:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

Not all outcomes of the recession were negative. As the North American market shrank, the industry saw a significant increase in the number of national and global institutional and private collaborations and people getting creative about funding and seeking partnerships to pool resources.

Remaining nimble in a competitive research market: Strategies for a cost-effective project

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by Victor J. Cardona, AIA, NCARB and Jon Romig | Articles | Comments

Diminishing levels of grant funding, coupled with a higher level of fiscal responsibility, are making today’s lab facilities significantly more accountable for every dollar spent. Unlike the recent past where grant dollars flowed more freely and universities picked up the tab for many facility-related expenses, science departments are being strapped with responsibility-based budgeting.

How Lab Space is Changing

March 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Bill Harris, Principal, Regional Practice Leader for Science and Technology, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

A generation ago, wet lab space would’ve included fixed casework, dense with lab benches, storage cabinets and equipment, but hardly any space or capacity to hold a meeting or accommodate change. Today, lab space design reflects an evolution in both the methods of research and the way that scientists work—individually and with their colleagues.

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NIST zero-energy house gives back to the grid

March 17, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kW-h of electricity into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs. These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility on the campus of NIST didn't have to skimp the creature comforts of 21st-century living, either.

Amsterdam canal house built with 3-D printer

March 17, 2014 9:55 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks.

R&D Chat: State of Lab Design

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Videos | Comments

In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts. During the recent recession, research labs were no exception as many lab construction projects were delayed or canceled. However, lab owners and architectural and engineering firms note that the lab construction business is slowly resurging.

R&D Magazine Announces the 2014 Laboratory of the Year Winners

February 27, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories.

Big 10 to Big 3: How a new building is redefining research, collaboration and resource management at Univ. of Minn.

February 10, 2014 11:37 am | by Gregory Cha Fong, AIA | Articles | Comments

Long committed to the advancement of health sciences, the Univ. of Minnesota has a legacy of pioneering biomedical research and discovery. Its Academic Health Center comprises one of the largest, most comprehensive health centers in the country, incorporating six professional schools, five allied health programs and 15 interdisciplinary centers.

BIM bridges the collaboration gap

February 10, 2014 11:19 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Building information modeling (BIM) is an integrated process that helps architects, engineers, builders and owners explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally—helping them gain valuable insight to improve the way projects are planned, designed, built and managed. Information in a BIM-based workflow can be stored in a series of inter-linked databases that facilitate easy sharing of information.

Setting the stage for a successful handoff

January 31, 2014 1:35 pm | by Erik Lustgarten, AIA, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

One of the toughest transitions in delivering any construction project is making the handoff from construction to occupancy. To avoid frustration and make a smooth transition requires active tracking and management of cost and schedule, formalized processes for maintaining and assuring quality and an organized compilation of the information that will be required to operate and maintain the facility.

BIM on the Cloud

January 31, 2014 11:31 am | News | Comments

BIM 360 Glue, a cloud-based solution from Autodesk extends the BIM process from design to construction by providing all stakeholders access to project information for model coordination and clash detection via desktop, mobile and Web.

IPS expands construction division

January 13, 2014 10:55 am | News | Comments

IPS-Integrated Project Services Inc. (IPS), a leading, full-service firm helping clients succeed with capital projects and improve operations, announced the strengthening of its Construction Div. with the appointment of Frank DiBiano, Project Executive, to lead the expansion of its New Jersey operations.

Construction begins on Clayton State's $18M science building

December 16, 2013 5:49 pm | News | Comments

The university’s new science building houses 65,000 sf of classroom, office and support space as well as teaching and research labs, with plans to build out a vivarium and greenhouse as future funding allows. The three-story buildingseeks the state’s Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System certification for energy efficiency and sustainability.

New lab focuses on energy exploration in the Arctic

December 16, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

The new S$75 million Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory was recently launched in Singapore. One of its research aims is to develop technological solutions to meet the challenges of oil and gas exploration and production in harsh environments like the Arctic. The new lab will be based at the NUS Faculty of Engineering. 

High-performance teaming facilitates construction and on-time delivery for complex lab project

December 5, 2013 2:14 pm | by Craig Swenson | Articles | Comments

When the Univ. of California, San Diego (UCSD) embarked on the construction of its 196,000-sf Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility, the priority was to support collaborative teamwork and a “project-first” approach to delivering an on-time, high-quality, high-performance building that met LEED certification goals.

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